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Thomas is a veteran of the video game industry and founder of the Séfu fashion brand. Join him as he interviews people around the world working in creative fields to find out what gets them out of bed in the morning.

General topics include: Design, User Experience, Techno, Crypto, Cyberpunk, Making Things, Expat Life, Cultural Differences, Consciousness, and Zen.

This podcast is also available as a video on Youtube.

Design Exchange with Thomas Grov‪é‬ Thomas Grové

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Thomas is a veteran of the video game industry and founder of the Séfu fashion brand. Join him as he interviews people around the world working in creative fields to find out what gets them out of bed in the morning.

General topics include: Design, User Experience, Techno, Crypto, Cyberpunk, Making Things, Expat Life, Cultural Differences, Consciousness, and Zen.

This podcast is also available as a video on Youtube.

    DXP-028: Jon Deragon - UX Design, Coffee Culture, and Living Life in Vietnam

    DXP-028: Jon Deragon - UX Design, Coffee Culture, and Living Life in Vietnam

    UX Design, Coffee Culture, and Living Life in Vietnam
    Jon is currently Head of FPT Design at FPT Software in Vietnam. In this beer-fueled conversation, we talk about design, but as often happens with beer, the topics veer more towards life, freedom versus safety, and living abroad.

    This episode is also available to watch as a video: https://youtu.be/xQpp43z2_Ag

    Jon's Links:

    https://jonderagon.com/
    https://cafescene.com/

    Thomas's Links:

    My indie games: https://okipoo.com/
    The best bag for the Nintendo Switch: https://sefu.jp/switch-bag
    Listen to the podcast: https://dxsaigon.com/podcast/

    Table of Contents:

    0:00:00 - Teaser
    0:00:25 - Intro
    0:01:51 - Jon's History in Vietnam
    0:10:36 - Saigon's Dynamism
    0:21:05 - Saigon's Evolution in Term of Design
    0:26:43 - Concept of Countries and Borders in The Future
    0:37:29 - Things as They Are in Local People's Perspective
    0:42:46 - Effects of Vietnam on Jon's Skin and Ears
    0:48:59 - The Dark Side of Globalization
    0:53:45 - Consciousness vs Business
    1:01:05 - Safety vs Freedom
    1:13:55 - Safety vs "Being Alive"
    1:20:25 - Summary
    1:22:08 - Outro

    • 1 hr 22 min
    DXP-027: Julien Noyer - Hypnotherapy, Super Heroes, and Productivity Myths

    DXP-027: Julien Noyer - Hypnotherapy, Super Heroes, and Productivity Myths

    Hypnotherapy, Super Heroes, and Productivity Myths
    Julien Noyer is a former VJ and motion graphics designer and currently a practicing hypnotherapist in France. Thomas caught up with Julien in Vietnam, before the pandemic started, to learn about hypnotherapy and to vent his neuroticism on camera ;)

    Julien's Links:

    https://julien-noyer.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/julien.noyer.hypnotherapy/videos

    This episode is also available as a video: https://youtu.be/dEFhhwFD2XA

    Table of Contents:

    0:01:02 - How Thomas met Julien
    0:03:01 - Learning to become a hypnotherapist
    0:10:36 - What is (and what is not) hypnotherapy
    0:16:20 - Hypnotherapy session
    0:25:20 - Hypnotherapy won't make you another person
    0:28:41 - TIps for creative people
    0:36:01 - About the feeling of not doing
    0:44:11 - Ethics is relative
    0:49:24 - Action movies and the Disneyfication of drama
    0:56:59 - Leisure times
    0:59:24 - Zen meditation and falling out of enlightenment
    1:04:00 - Dealing with assholes: Curb Your Enthusiasm and driving in Vietnam
    1:07:37 - Being too critical; Thomas's identity as a designer, growing beyond personality types
    1:11:46 - Driving in Vietnam, communicating anger through actions
    1:17:31 - Women and jealousy
    1:23:53 - Constant change
    1:26:07 - Outro

    DXP-026: Hiroshi Hachiga - Running a Climbing Gym in Japan

    DXP-026: Hiroshi Hachiga - Running a Climbing Gym in Japan

    Running a Bouldering Gym in Japan
    Hachi-san is the founder of Travis Bouldering Studio, located in Hirakata City, Osaka, Japan.

    This episode is also available to watch as a video: https://youtu.be/gQ6NL3sfccU

    Hachi's Links:

    http://travisbouldering.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/travis_bouldering_studio/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGgEH-9thyCDPFy2ADfuITg/videos

    Table of Contents:
    0:00:00 - Start
    0:00:29 - Intro
    0:01:36 - The State of Japan During Corona Virus
    0:06:46 - Opening a Climbing Gym After 1 Year of Practice
    0:11:51 - Difficulties to Open a Climbing Gym
    0:18:17 - Travis Bouldering Studio's Location
    0:25:59 - Comparison with Other Climbing Gyms
    0:30:31 - Lead Climbing
    0:34:40 - Designing Climbing Walls
    0:43:31 - Designing Climbing Routes
    0:51:37 - Why Does Hachi Speak English?
    1:01:19 - PayPay and Cash in Japan and Pricing at Travis Studio
    1:08:41 - Customers' Habits
    1:12:46 - Marketing Travis Bouldering Studio
    1:14:12 - Outro

    Tags:
    bouldering, rock climbing, climbing gym, bouldering gym, Kansai, Japan, Osaka, Hirakatashi, entrepreneurship, design, podcast, design exchange, Hiroshi Hachi, Thomas Grové

    • 1 hr 15 min
    DXP-025: Daryl Villanueva - The Business of Sci-Fi Motorbike Design

    DXP-025: Daryl Villanueva - The Business of Sci-Fi Motorbike Design

    The Business of Sci-Fi Motorbike Design
    Daryl Villanueva is the owner of Bandit9, a motorbike design company based in Vietnam. His designs are unlike any other bikes out there. In this episode of the Design Exchange Podcast, we talk about his approach to design and business and get a sneak peek at some of his latest designs.

    Daryl's Links:

    https://bandit9.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/bandit9_/

    Special thanks to Royal Enfield Vietnam for allowing us to film there! https://royalenfieldvietnam.vn/

    This episode is also available as a video: https://youtu.be/NIPM7SdzdgE

    Table of Contents:
    00:00 - Teaser
    00:33 - Intro
    04:07 - Building Motorbikes
    10:58 - Inspiration for Sci-Fi Bikes
    16:22 - Advertising Motorcycles
    20:03 - American Chopper and Taking Your First Steps as an Entrepreneur
    25:22 - From China to Vietnam
    28:07 - Next Projects for Bandit9
    30:56 - Advice for Designers - from Sketch to Prototype
    35:36 - Electric Vehicles, Motorbikes, DIY, and Cyber Truck
    42:29 - Dealing with Haters, Criticism in Design, and Designing for a Niche
    46:16 - The Reason for Producing 9 Bikes per Design
    48:34 - Luxury vs Mass Production as a Business Strategy
    54:08 - Managing Clients and Mitigating Risk
    59:40 - Different Kinds of Financial Concerns for Startups
    1:08:14 - Managing Work-Life Balance
    1:19:18 - Book Project
    1:24:08 - Outro

    • 1 hr 25 min
    DXP-024: Tung Khi / Crazy Monkey

    DXP-024: Tung Khi / Crazy Monkey

    Videogames, VJing, and Growing A Motion Graphics Studio
    Tung Khi is the founder and creative director of Box, a motion graphics design studio based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

    special note: Tung has a thick accent, so we highly recommend watching the video version of this episode: There are subtitles you can read-along with and examples of Box's motions graphics are projected on the wall behind us throughout the interview. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/yBFEHgc0Vs0

    Tung's Links:

    https://www.theboxcollective.tv/
    https://www.instagram.com/theboxcollectivevietnam/
    https://www.crazymonkey.vn/
    https://www.instagram.com/tungcrazymonkey/

    Software Tung Uses:

    https://www.notch.one/
    https://smode.fr/

    Podcast Links:

    http://dxsaigon.com/podcast/dxp-024
    https://youtu.be/yBFEHgc0Vs0
    https://sefu.jp/switch-bag/

    Table of Contents:
    00:00 - Teaser
    01:09 - What is the Box Collective
    03:22 - Tung's Early Career
    07:24 - From Employee to Company Owner - Using Your Connections
    09:10 - Team Growth, New Offices, and New Branding
    11:56 - Where to Find Box on The Internet
    14:13 - Typical Box Work and Box Clients
    18:18 - Tung'Style
    23:13 - Chuck Csuri
    24:09 - Projecting on Murals
    25:12 - Differences between Hanoi and Saigon
    28:20 - Personal Work vs Corporate Work
    30:50 - Scaling a Creative Company
    32:38 - Typical Staff Background
    33:46 - Good Clients vs Bad Clients
    36:12 - Video Games: Arcades and Emulators
    38:07 - The Story of The Switch Bag
    38:59 - Consequences of Aging
    44:02 - The Joe Rogan Experience and Elon Musk
    45:05 - Tesla vs Vinfast
    49:54 - Why Starbucks and McDonalds struggle in Vietnam
    53:27 - The Nintendo Switch: Reigniting Videogame Love
    57:06 - Design of The Switch Lite
    58:04 - Crossplay - Fortnite and Fantasy Strike
    1:00:09 - Unity vs Unreal
    1:03:17 - Software Used for Motion Graphics and VJing
    1:04:33 - Outro

    • 1 hr 6 min
    DXP-023: Rafael Masters

    DXP-023: Rafael Masters

    Designing Affordable, Modular, Prosthetic Limbs and Building Humans
    Rafael Masters is the CEO of Vulcan Augmetics, a Vietnam-based startup that develops affordable, adaptable, and upgradable robotic arms.

    Links:
    https://www.wearevulcan.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/rafael-masters-81276678/

    Table of Contents:
    00:00 - Intro
    01:51 - Affordable Prosthetics
    11:44 - Design Concerns to Make Prosthetics More Affordable
    19:07 - Customer's Journey
    29:39 - Amputee's Mental Acceptance
    36:06 - Company's Journey
    46:14 - Elon Musk / Tessla's Cyber Truck Design
    52:21 - First 2 Years of Operations and Investment
    59:57 - Design for Maintainance, Practicality, and Dignity
    1:07:35 - Outro

    Episode Hashtags:
    #Augmetics, #Prosthetics, #Robotics, #3dprinting, #Entrepreneurship, #Startup, #Vietnam, #Affordable, #Design, #DXP

    This podcast is also available to watch as a video: https://youtu.be/MLRoTsqeBRw

    • 1 hr 9 min

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